Where Are You?

[Sermon summary from 6/11/17’s Sunday Service]

Link to Sermon audio: 6/11/17 Sermon Audio

Genesis 3:8-19, 22-24

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, 
cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,  and between your offspring and her offspring;he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said,

Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground,  for out of it you were taken; for you are dust,  and to dust you shall return.”

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Consider. Convict. Commit.

God speaks the truth in love for the ministry of reconciliation.

1. Speaking the truth in love means considering the whole person. (vv. 8-13)
– “Where are you?” considers a deeper personal need of purpose
– “Who told you?” considers a relational need of meaning
– “Have you eaten?” considers a practical need of justice

2. Speaking the truth in love means convicting the whole world. (vv. 14-19)
– Condemnation of the serpent and the conflict with the serpent
– Pain and suffering in relationships
– Pain and suffering in responsibilities

3. Speaking the truth in love means committing to the ministry of reconciliation (vv. 22-24)
– Life in exile
– Guarding the way to the tree of life

2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

God speaks the truth in love to Adam and Eve and sends them on a exile because God is committing himself to the ministry of reconciliation.

Community Group Questions

We make everyday followers of Jesus by meet ups throughout the week. Currently we meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. For more info, visit Community Groups.

1. Why is considering the whole person so important when you speak the truth?

2. Why is it so easy to condemn others, be suspicious of others and be critical toward others?

3. Why is doing or living according to whatever you feel like actually lead to insecurity and ignorance?

Congregational Prayer

We learn to pray as a family of God and encourage a culture of dependence and delight in God’s presence throughout the week.

  • Pray for thankful hearts for the graduates (schools of all levels) and for the guidance for the next achapter or the new beginning in their lives as they follow Jesus everyday.

Reading the Bible

We follow the story of God in the midst of everyday episodes of making followers of Jesus.

  • Read “Facing the Future with God” with R.C. Sproul 10 day devotional calls you to live in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

Visit www.bible.com for a free Bible and the reading plans.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

– Register for Center Church summer camp “BUILD 2017” at Camp Pendleton: June 16-18, 2017. https://build2017.eventbrite.com
– Next Sunday (6/18/17) service will be at Camp Pendleton at 11am, there will NOT be a 4pm service at Village Church
– Kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to Village Adventures (6/26-30, 6:15-8:15 pm) hosted by Village Church:
Singing, dancing, crafting, playing silly games, listening to Bible stories, and so much more will be happening as your kids journey through Rome this Summer.
Sign up online: villagechurchirvine.com/kids Cost:$25 Contact: Melanie Begg – melaniebegg@villagechurchirvine.com
– Worship at the Park on June 25 (Sun), 11 am – 3 pm, @ Oak Creek Community Park located 15616 Valley Oak Irvine, CA 92618

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